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Bhutan languishing in austere revenue

The government is doing everything possible in order to fill the gaping holes in the economy By Tashi Namgyal The country’s expenditure continues to rise while its resources increase just at a snail’s pace or at the least,remains stagnant. The current budget for this Financial Year (FY) has increased by 8 percent compared with the last FY. The parliament just …

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Any MP can be the next Home Minister: PM

While the government is yet to make a formal selection among the serving MPs, speculations are rife in favour of MP Dawa in the pecking order By Tashi Namgyal Bhutanese electorates are rooting for their respective Member of Parliament (MP) to be appointed as the new Home Minister, with different people from different constituencies across the country rigorously trying to …

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Lockdown: Walking the final mile

The lockdown in Phuentsholing and Gomtu might have come as the ultimate last straw, nonetheless govt. assures of better days ahead for these communities By Phurpa Wangmo The Prime Minister on Wednesday said the lockdown in Phuentsholing and Gomtu, Samtse has been imposed in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases from the community, and to gear up for …

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Stringent tobacco laws on the cards

Staff Reporter After the historic Tobacco Act amendment, the government has now hinted at implementing stringent rules and regulations on distribution, sale and buying of tobacco and tobacco products. The government said not every shop will get to sell and distribute tobacco and tobacco products when the Tobacco Control Amendment Bill 2021 comes into enforcement. The Prime Minister, during the …

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The plight of class XII graduates

With not much alternatives left for higher education and training in the country, the future of thousands of class XII graduates remain at the crossroads By Rinchen Phuntsho Bhutan’s journey into modern education system has been a remarkable experience. In just a period of about six decades, the modern education system has expanded from about 11 schools prior to 1961 …

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Bhutan launches Diagnostic Trade Integration Study 2020

Chimmi Wangmo The Department of Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), launched the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study 2020 this week in the capital. UNDP-Bhutan said the comprehensive trade study identifies strategies and interventions to promote and diversify the country’s trade sector, support smooth graduation from the …

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The old slog while the young loiter

The LFS of Bhutan states that the age groups 65+ has the highest proportion of employed persons while the lowest proportion of employed persons is observed in the 20-24 age bracket  By Tandin Wangchuk The Labour Force Survey Report Bhutan 2020 reveals some startling realities into Bhutan’s vital statistics, including the information that females in Bhutan earn less than their …

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RCSC’s roadmap for the 12th FYP

By Chimi Wangmo The Royal Civil Service Council’s (RCSC) efforts for the 12th FYP will be to consolidate and firmly institutionalise the Civil Service systems that have been developed over many plan periods and in particular, the reforms introduced in the past. Among a host of other initiatives, RCSC said the systems that have been set up over the many …

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The women behind the Orange garb

By Tashi Dendup The De-suung National Service, a brainchild of His Majesty the King, has evolved to become one of the most influential organizations of our time. From guarding the country’s frontiers in the north and south to helping citizens rebuild lives and infrastructures, the De-suung fraternity is today one of the most vibrant civil forces that has become even …

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DNT triumph as DPT’s forts are breached again

The bye-election results might just be an indication that DNT is gradually emerging into a strong political entity albeit at the cost of DPT’s waning popularity By Phurpa Wangmo The results of the recent bye-elections in Monggar and Penagatshel could be a stark reminder of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) rising popularity, as it once again breached what was considered Druk …

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